Book Box Club - July

Book Box Club - July Unveiling 

So I recently joined The Book Box Club. I think this is a wonderful thing for any book fanatic. They have two options. The first, which is the one I went for, once a month you will receive a lovely box full of book-related goodies and a newly released YA book. So if you like me love book-related goodies and of course love getting newly released books then this is the option for you. (Keep reading to find out what kind of goodie I got this month)

If bookish goodies are not your thing, but you still love to get newly released books, then no worries. The Purley Books Membership would be for you. You will still receive a box once a month, with a lovely newly released book inside. 

Oh, and did I mention every member gets a secret and personal invite to the Clubhouse where you can meet with other members and also have a chance to chat to the month's author and ask some questions. 

So where can you buy yours? Head on over to https://www.bookboxclub.com/


Each month has a different theme, July's theme (My first box) was Witchcraft, and boy was I excited about this theme. So what did I get inside this amazing box?


  • The Last Witch by Melvin Burgess,
  • My Clubhouse Invite,
  • Luna Lovegood Candle by Madame Fiction 
  • Hubble Bubble Bath Potion by Midsummer Child,
  • Portable Magic Book Pouch by Tea Cake Art,
  • Hocus Pocus Earrings by Fairy Fountain Gifts,
  • A Spell for Wildflowers by Wildflower Favours,
  • A Chocolate Frog by Cadburys,
  • Book Marks and Postcards by Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, Scholastic and Anderson. 



Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner 

Title - Right Behind You
Author - Lisa Gardner 
Published - Oct '17
Publisher - Headline 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery #Womens Fiction #Police Procedural 
Pages - 448
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.18 Kindle - £3.99
ISBN - 1472220363

This is the seventh book in the Quincy and Rainie series, so yet again I find myself starting mid-series. Quincy and Rainie are about to adopt thirteen-year-old Sharlah May Nash. Eight years ago Sharlah's brother beat their abusive father to death with a baseball bat in order to save himself and his baby sister. Now Sharlah is settled with Qunicy and Rainie and she loves the fact they are experts on monsters. 

When a double homicide is reported Quincy and Rainie are forced with the fact that the killer might just be Sharlah's brother and he isn't finished yet. I really enjoyed this book. When I read it I didn't realise it was a mid-season book till I was halfway through it. That really is becoming a bad habit of mine. 

Anyway, I really love Rainie and Quincy as a couple, I think they are just perfect for each other, little Sharlah is the perfect child for them. Just like the two of them she has a dark past which she has to learn to come to terms with and she has to learn to live with. She needs lots of love and support, just like Rainie and Quincy both do. Between the three of them, they make an amazing support network for each other. 

The writing style is really easy, steadily paced and builds up the suspense leading you to believe you know who the killer is then bam turns out your wrong. A really great book, gripping and keeps you turning the page. I have now ordered the rest of the series so watch this space for the rest of the series to be reviewed. 

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:

Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
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The Retreat By Mark Edwards

The Retreat by Mark Edwards

Title - The Retreat 
Author - Mark Edwards
Published - May '18
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery #Psychological Thriller
Pages - 364
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £3.99 Kindle - £1.00
ISBN - 1477804176

Two years ago one tragic day Julia lost her husband and daughter. They both drowned. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter Lilly who they believed had fallen into the lake when they saw her teddy floating in the lake. But Lilly's body was never found and Julia believes she is still alive. 

It's now two years later, Julia is still broken and feeling alone. She turns her home into a writer retreat, where writers can come to relax and write in the peaceful countryside. 

Her first guest is a horror writer named, Lucas. He soon becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind what happened to Lily. Soon the peaceful retreat is thrown into chaos when strange and eerie events keep happening. Can Lucas and Julia figure out what is happening at the retreat and can they find the truth behind Lilly's disappearance? 

For anyone who read my reviews, you will know I have read everything Mark Edward's has ever written and he is one of my all tie favourite authors. I love his books, this one is no different. 

Amazing characters, Julia and Lucas are really likeable and realistic. I found myself hoping they would end up together and heal each other's wounds as they are both suffering from the loss of loved ones.

I didn't find the other characters very likeable but they each added to the story in their own ways. The writing style is intense and compelling and just pulls you into the story, leading you to believe it's going down one path then launching you down a different path, a great way to keep you hooked. Which this book certainly did right from the start till the very end. 

A really great read, although I didn't expect anything else from Edwards. A fantastic writer of psychological thrillers and crime stories. 

Thank You to the NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - Five out of Five Stars 
Would I Recommend -  Yes 
Would I Read Again - Yes 
Would I Read Other Books By The Same Author - Yes

Reviews For This Book Can Be Found At:

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Goodreads 
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A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena 

Title - A Stranger In The House 
Author - Shari Lapena 
Published - June '18
Publisher - Corgi 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery #Psychological Thriller 
Pages - 384
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.59 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 0552173150

One day you're at home, its a normal day your cooking dinner waiting for your husband to come home excited to hear about his day. Then suddenly you wake up, you're in the hospital and have no memory of how you got there. The doctors tell you, you've been in a car accident. They say you lost control of your car but not only that, you were in a dangerous part of town. What happened? Why were you there?

I was particularly excited about this book because I read and loved Lapena's The Couple Next Door so I had high hopes for this book. I was not disappointed. The storyline was brilliant, fast-paced and gripping. The writing style was very similar to that of The Couple Next Door. Easy to read, great flow, extremely gripping, keeps your attention, making you want to keep turning the pages. 

The plot kept you guessing, kept you hooked and never got boring. A really interesting and compelling plot with twists you didn't see coming. The characters are written really well, you like the ones you're meant to like and hate the onyou'reour meant to hate the 'bad guys' The story does its job in leading your emotions on a rollercoaster of a ride. 

The characters are really realistic too, you can imagine them being real people on your street, makes you look out your window and think. I even found myself going "oh she's just like so and so" 

So yet again another riveting and compelling book from Shari Lapena. I can't wait to read her next book, An Unwanted Guest.

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
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Curiosity Thrilled The Cat by Sofie Kelly

Curiosity Thrilled The Cat by Sofie Kelly

Title - Curiosity Thrilled The Cat
Author - Sofie Kelly
Published - April '11
Publisher - Obsidian 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery
Pages - 336
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.99 Kindle - £4.25
ISBN - 0451234596

Kathleen Paulson is a librarian when she moved to Mayville Heights she had no idea that two strays were about purr their way into her heart and her home. Owen is a tabby cat with a serious catnip addiction, fueled by Kathleen's neighbour who keeps bringing him catnip yellow chickens. Then there's Hercules a tuxedo cat just like Kathleen has a thing for Barry Manilow however, beyond all the whiskers, purs and fur there's something very special about these kitties. 

When a murder occurs, interrupting Mayville Heights music festival Kathleen finds herself the number one suspect. But are her cats trying to prove she's innocent?  

There's just something about cat detectives isn't there? It just makes you want to read it, well it does for me. I'm very much a cat person. 

This was the first book I'd read by Sofie Kelly, I really enjoyed it. I found the pace to be really good, it flowed really well, kept me interested and wanting to read on. 
I enjoyed Kelly's writing style. I found it really easy to read and really captivating which I think are really important qualities in a good book.

I really liked Kathleen as the main character I found her to be really likeable and realistic. I really liked all the other characters too, I felt each character added their own piece to the plot and there wasn't anyone who made me think "Hmmm why are you even in this book" which has happened to me before with other books I have read. Each character brought something to the plot.

I didn't think the plot was predictable unlike a lot of mystery novels. I wasn't able to guess who the killer was. I was really enthralled by the cats and their powers and intelligence. I kept looking at my cat (Sleeping as usual) who won't even kill a spider nevermind become a cat detective.  

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book Four out of Five Stars. 

Rating - Four out of Five
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon (UK) under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
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Never Say Die by Tess Gerritsen

Never Say Die by Tess Gerritsen

Title - Never Say Die 
Author - Tess Gerritsen
Published - June '15
Publisher - Severn House Publishing 
Genre - #Fiction #Romance #Contemporary
Pages - 284
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £20.99 Kindle - £3.74
ISBN - 0727884832

Its twenty years since Willy Jane Maitland's fathers plane crashed and she wants answers. Maitland heads to Vietnam to find the truth, she seeks the help of ex-army man Guy Barnard, she knows she needs his help and wouldn't be able to get the answers she wants but at the same time, she is not prepared for his hidden reasons and motives behind helping her. She also isn't prepared for the undeniable attraction they have. 

When I saw this book, I thought oooh Tess Gerritsen I like her books I'll give it a go. Unfortunately, I found this one to be really slow going, I found because the pace of the book was so slow, I just couldn't get into the story and it didn't grab my attention. 

I wasn't enjoying the characters, I felt I couldn't connect with them, which again stopped me from being able to enjoy the book and stopped me from being able to really getting into the book. I found my attention wandering. 

I don't know if it was the writing style or the actual plot that made the story seem to lag, it just seemed so slow and it took so long to get going, in fact, I don't know if it did eventually get going because I gave up in the end.

For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book one out of five stars. 


Rating - One out of Five Stars 
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No 
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
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